Musical Burst: ‘The Beatles in Mono’ Vinyl Box Set to be Released This Fall
Five years ago marked the release of a box set of remastered monophonic recordings of The Beatles’ music through 1968 called The Beatles in Mono. Coming this fall, audiences will be able to enjoy that box set in vinyl, the official website of The Beatles announced last week.
The new box set is slated to come out September 8, exactly five years to the day after the release of the first box set. The box set comes with all nine U.K. albums, the American-compiled Magical Mystery Tour, and the Mono Masters collection of non-album tracks, all on 180-gram vinyl LPs with replicated artwork. Each album is also available individually or in a limited 14-LP boxed edition with an exclusive 108-page hardbound book.
The Beatles’ mono albums were newly mastered for vinyl in the same room at Abbey Road Studios where the albums were initially cut. Such a major and important musical undertaking was tasked to Grammy-winning engineer Sean Magee and Grammy-winning mastering supervisor Steve Berkowitz.
Unlike the The Beatles In Mono box set from 2009, this vinyl version was created without any digital technology. Instead, Magee and Berkowitz used the same methods from the 1960s while following detailed notes from the engineers that worked with the band back then. The two new engineers also looked to the original albums, spending weeks listening to the music and comparing the master tapes with the mono records from the 1960s.
The box set also comes with its own 12-by-12-inch hardbound book, which includes an in-depth history of the mastering process by award-winning radio producer and author Kevin Howlett. It also features new essays, archive documents, articles and advertisements from the 1960s, and several rare studio photos of The Beatles.
Make sure to get your box set of The Beatles in Mono this fall!